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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Unbound's mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.

Results: Sponsored members partner with Unbound to make program and benefit decisions that help meet their basic needs and develop their potential over the course of their time in the program, sometimes 18 years or more. Outcomes vary by location and may include educational attainment, leadership, improved health and nutrition status, dignified housing, skill development and increased income through livelihood opportunities for families. Through Unbound’s sponsorship program, families have more choices in their lives and are empowered over to confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life. In a 2013 qualitative evaluation of the Unbound sponsorship and scholarship program in the Philippines, almost all participants had achieved a university degree and many had also completed a graduate level education. Alumni, on average three years out of the program, are now pursuing careers from teaching to nursing and accounting to architectural design. Most are currently employed on a full-time salary basis. Former scholarship students self-identified the most significant outcomes of the program as education, leadership and spiritual/holistic development. Many former scholars are currently supporting their own families and providing both economic and mentoring support for siblings as they pursue their education. In addition, a central theme in the evaluation findings was the significant internal drive toward giving back to their communities. Examples include teaching formation classes for current Unbound sponsored members, preparing supplies for disaster relief, mentoring, and offering computer skills and resources to community youth.

Target demographics: children, families and the elderly confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 300,000 children, families and elderly people with needs such as education, food, health care, clothing, housing improvements and skills training.

Geographic areas served: 20 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean

Programs: sponsorship of children and the elderly, youth scholarships, disaster assistance, micro-loans, skills training for parents and more.

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

MIÉ 6:10
Muy buenas tardes...
Mi nombre es Natalia Andrea Zuleta, tengo un hijo de 5 años con síndrome de dandy walker y epilepsia, llevo mucho buscando una fundación o alguien q nos pueda ayudar económicamente para darle a mi hijo lo que requiere, estamos afiliados a la eps cafesalud
La cual cada vez esta peor...
No están dando nada de lo se requiere ni con tutela... Si uds saben de alguien q nos pueda ayudar...
Tengo todo soportado, historias clínicas, en face hay fotos de mi hijo, pueden verificar, mi número de cel es 3212871255


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Donor

Rating: 5

We sponsored a young girl in Kenya for many years and heard from her regularly. She aged out of the program and we are now sponsoring her younger brother. Our first child just got married! More importantly, she got a job working in Nairobi and is fulfilling the dream she set for herself. We are hoping her brother can do the same. He works very hard on his grades and is very passionate about the environment and saving the animals of Africa. His letters bring joy to our lives. Both he and his sister confirm our contributions have made difference in their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor through Unbound for 11 years and currently have 3 sponsored friends in 3 continents. I have also been fortunate enough to have traveled on 4 awareness trips to meet my sponsored friends and to Unbound's headquarters in Kansas City. This is a tremendous organization impassioned about making a sustainable difference in the lives of the oppressed by empowering them and their talents. Every Unbound staff member I have worked with truly impresses and inspires me. Their system of sponsorship connects people of various walks of life in a truly unique bond that is life altering. Finally, I will continue to sponsor and encourage others to do so after witnessing the extent that the monthly contribution goes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

15 years ago, I began sponsoring an 11-year old girl named Reyna. Since then, that relationship has changed my life and led me on an amazing journey with Unbound. I have had the great pleasure of meeting Reyna in Honduras on three separate occasions and each visit not only strengthened my relationship with her but also gave me a first-hand opportunity to witness the incredible work the Unbound staff does with regard to loving and caring for all of those sponsored friends whom they serve in Honduras. I am, without a doubt, a lifelong supporter of Unbound and today I am happy to say that I have the privilege of sponsoring an Unbound child in every country where Unbound serves. I would never have been willing to make such a commitment if not for the confidence that I have in the leadership of Unbound and in the staff teams that work all around the world. They are all simply incredible and inspirational! Sponsorship through Unbound makes an incredibly positive difference in the lives of those being sponsored, but equally so for all those who shoes to become active sponsors.

5 Sharon191

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At Mass one Sunday, a Priest from Unbound gave a Homily about his Ministry at Unbound. I've always wanted to be a sponsor, but until then wasn't able to make the financial commitment. I was orphaned at 15, when my mother was killed in a car accident. My family was split up, and I was on my own - literally.
I so wanted to help someone not to have to suffer the way I did. No body wants the responsibility of a teenager.
When I got to the table where all the children's flyers were, on the left - all by herself was a young teenage girl. All the others had been chosen, except for this teenager.
I noticed her name was April. My mother's birthday was in April, I picked her flyer up and began reading, her birthdate and my mothers were the same.
She was mine!
She always thanked me for "all" I did, but she didn't realize all she had actually did for me.
She has graduated college now and I have finished my commitment with her, but I miss her and her family.
Thank you Unbound for this beautiful opportunity!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Key word missing from my prior review, so adding my correction:

I cannot thank God ENOUGH for guiding me to Unbound and Unbound for providing me with the opportunity to sponsor my fellow man and woman. I am so very grateful. To all the wonderful people I sponsor, THANK YOU for changing my world!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." Unknown. This quote describes what Unbound sponsorship is all about.

I am currently sponsoring 20 children, youth and elderly throughout the world. When Unbound says, "You change their world; they change your world," this is the TRUTH. These 20 INCREDIBLE people have changed me in soooo many ways. I went from wondering whether I would ever find my purpose in life (I'm 57 years old) to knowing exactly how to change my heart and my life. And, I have.

I cannot thank God for guiding me to Unbound and Unbound for providing me with the opportunity to sponsor my fellow man and woman. I am so very grateful. To all the wonderful people I sponsor, THANK YOU for changing my world!!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I was always called Uncle by the boy I supported in India. We were together until he graduated from professional school in computer engineering and began working. He can now help his siblings out of poverty. I now have a little girl in Africa and hope her life and her families lives will prosper, with Gods help and what monies I can provide. May God bless this charity.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Unbound is amazing! I've sponsored a little girl in El Salvador for the past 4 1/2 years. I even went on a trip to El Salvador with other Unbound sponsors to meet her and her family. The work that Unbound does to support children and the elderly around the world is truly awe inspiring. Thank God for Unbound!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My last sponsored child was with me from age 9 to age 24. I kept urging him to stay in school and he was able to do so. He recently found employment and I am so touched that I was able to help him, hopefully, step out of poverty. I now have a little girl for a pen-pal and to encourage and help to stay in school. It is wonderful to be able to reach across the world to others through CFCA/UNBOUND.